Statement from Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy, Officer in Charge, Surrey RCMP:
“Domestic Violence is a priority for the Surrey RCMP. We believe that breaking the cycle of violence requires a team approach, in which we the police play an important role."
“Surrey Detachment has a team of highly skilled officers dedicated to dealing with domestic violence situations on a full time basis. The type of work required in these cases is complex and sensitive and, to be truly effective, requires more than police."
“The Premier’s announcement of the Violence Free BC strategy shows the Province’s commitment to ending violence against women in BC. As part of this strategy, the Surrey RCMP is very pleased to have received civil forfeiture funding to support the addition of a community-based Victim Services Support Worker to our Domestic Violence Unit. "
“Thanks to our partnership with the Surrey Women’s Centre, this embedded support worker will greatly enhance our ability to connect with victims and families. This integrated, holistic approach to dealing with issues of domestic violence will allow us to do more comprehensive risk assessment, safety planning and offender managing and monitoring."
“Domestic Violence Units are a lifeline for vulnerable families. Together with the Province of BC, the City of Surrey, and our community partners, we are enhancing our ability to support vulnerable people in our community while holding offenders accountable.”
In attached photo: Attorney General and Minister of Justice Susan Anton , OIC Surrey RCMP Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy, City of Surrey Councillor Judy Villeneuve, Premier Christy Clarke, Executive Director of the Surrey Women's Centre Society Sonya Boyce.
Cpl. Bert Paquet
Media Relations Officer
Surrey RCMP Media Relations Unit